Niecy Nash is receiving praise online after issuing an ‘apology’ to her beach body.
The “When They See Us” actress took to Instagram to share a body positive message to fans encouraging them to be kinder to themselves and their body.
“I apologize to myself!” Nash wrote in a post accompanied by several pictures of herself sporting a one-piece black bathing suit. “I bought a new swimsuit and tried it on, then proceeded to drag myself - pointing out every ‘flaw’ every bump, lump, scar, ripple and stretch mark.”
In the midst of her negative self-talk, the 49-year-old said she immediately thought about her friend, actress Kellee Stewart, and imagined her telling Nash to “watch what you say about my sister.”
“Then I remembered that my body will hear everything my mind thinks about it,” Nash continued. “I thought about my dear sister friend Danielle Brooks and how she celebrates her chocolatey thickness...then I changed my conversation with myself.”
The comedian transformed her inner dialogue by taking stock of all that her body had been through.
“These hips caught two husbands (and a few boos), my thighs touch but I gained weight having good food with great people. I see my C-section scar peeking out...but it’s a reminder that I brought three beautiful children into the world,” Nash added. “I allowed my stretch marks to whisper, ‘You are a grown ass woman who has survived a few thing and stretched in ways you never thought you could.”
Nash credits her mother for encouraging her to learn to be kind and admitted her journey to being confident and embracing her body has been nothing short of a “rollercoaster ride.”
The photo resonated with Nash’s nearly two million followers, many of whom reached out to thank her for being so candid about her “flaws.”
“Thank you for being honest… You show you are human and that we all struggle,” one woman wrote. “I have the same conversation with myself. I have two daughters and they look up to me. I cherish that responsibility and because i do it’s been a consistent process to be the person I want them to be.”
Another shared, “My mom has ZERO self confidence and projected that onto me and my sister growing up. As a result, I didn’t start loving my body (most days) until I was in my 30s. Love yourself the way you love your kids, you’re a great example of what a woman should be!”